Chicken and Lentil Burger

Photo: Romulo Yanes

Although they have a humble reputation, lentils are packed with protein and fiber. Serve them in burger form and they'll go fast.


  • 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, diced small

  • ¾ teaspoon ground cumin (optional)

  • ¾ pound ground chicken breast

  • 1 can (15 ounces) lentils, rinsed and drained, or 2 cups cooked lentils

  • 3 tablespoons fresh breadcrumbs

  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro (optional)

  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 4 English muffins, split and toasted

  • Toppings (optional), such as lettuce, tomato, and ketchup


  1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium-high. Add onion and cook until lightly golden, 7 minutes. Add cumin and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Transfer to a large bowl and wipe out skillet with a paper towel. To bowl, add chicken, lentils, breadcrumbs, egg, cilantro, salt, and pepper. With your hands, mix until combined and form into 4 patties.

  2. In skillet, heat 2 teaspoons oil over medium. Add patties and cook until golden brown and cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes, flipping once. Serve on muffins along with desired toppings.

Cook's Notes

Other Kid-Friendly Ways to Enjoy Lentils

Puree with chickpeas for a sandwich spread.

Layer in a cheese quesadilla.

Stir into cooked rice along with sauteed bell pepper and onion.

Toss with fusilli, feta cheese, and grape tomatoes.

Saute with crumbled sausage and diced potatoes.

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